Revealing the Holy Land by Kathleen Stewart Howe
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Revealing the Holy Land
By Kathleen Stewart Howe

Revealing the Holy Land

The Photographic Exploration of Palestine

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Revealing the Holy Land by Kathleen Stewart Howe

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This is the catalog for an exhibition of ninety nineteenth-century photographs drawn primarily from the world-class collection of Michael G. Wilson. Included are the starkly beautiful photographs of Sergeant James McDonald's surveys of Palestine and Jerusalem; recently discovered photographs by Ernest Benecke; and the rare photographs by Maxime Du Camp taken in 1850 as he traveled with Flaubert. With the invention of photography and the increasing popularity of travel in the mid-nineteenth century, the Holy Land became one of the most photographed places on earth. Interest in Jerusalem and Palestine was particularly pronounced in England, partly because of England's need to control its routes to the riches of India, but also because of Britain's cultural identification with the people and lands of the Bible. Imperial ambition and deeply ingrained cultural associations resulted in a surge of photographic activity in Palestine. McDonald's photographs from surveys of Jerusalem and the Sinai epitomize the dual imperatives of Bible and Empire. Photography provided a new standard for authenticity in pictorial representations. Early photographs were considered the ultimate bearers of 'reality' at a time when viewers had not yet lost their naive faith in the objective accuracy of photography. Throughout the last half of the nineteenth century, the Holy Land drew legions of photographers: amateurs recording a stop on the Grand Tour, academics pursuing archaeological theories, military surveyors - all trying to capture the truthfulness of a land that had enormous spiritual, emotional, and political connotations for most of the Western world. What they saw, and how they saw it, are the themes of this beautifully recorded collection.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780899510958
ISBN-10: 0899510957
Format: Paperback
(280mm x 267mm x 16mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Santa Barbara Museum of Art,U.S.
Publisher: Santa Barbara Museum of Art,U.S.
Publish Date: 27-Nov-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Kathleen Stewart Howe

Kathleen Stewart Howe, Ph.D., is Curator of prints and photographs at the University of New Mexico Art Museum. Her books include Felix Teynard: Calotypes of Egypt, A Catalogue Raisonne and Excursions along the Nile: The Photographic Discovery of Ancient Egypt (1994). Nitza Rosovsky is vice-president of the Archives for Historical Documentation in Boston. She is the author of Jerusalemwalks (1992) and editor of City of the Great King: Jerusalem f rom David to the Present (1996).

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